Vancouver’s venerable summer tradition, Theatre Under the Stars, opens this week with West Side Story and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast playing on alternating nights. Add on some burlesque fun with the original new musical Shine and the Dancing on the Edge Festival and you have a week that promises to be memorable.
One of the classic American musical, West Side Story is a re-imagining of the Romeo & Juliet story set in the turbulent streets of 1950’s of New York. While maintaining the integrity of its time period, director Sarah Rodgers and choreographer Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg help make it more relevant for today’s audiences with the addition of same-sex couples in the iconic “Somewhere” ballet sequence.
The tassel-twirling, original musical Shine: A Burlesque Musical (Jul 6-16) comes to Vancouver’s WISE Hall. Shine tells the story of Shine Mionne and her chosen family of sexpots and misfits struggling to save the crumbling but historic Aristocrat theatre from imminent gentrification. Described as “smart, sexy”, the musical features 18 original songs from Cass King and John Woods of The Wet Spots.
The 28th Annual Dancing on the Edge Festival gets underway this week, featuring over thirty choreographers and over eighty dance artists. The LGBTQ dance community is represented this year with works from Josh Beamish and Noam Gagnon.